Astoria is well on its way to creating a dynasty.
The boys baseball team won the OSAA state championship Saturday with a 4-1 win against North Valley.
The Fishermen had a powerful season, defeating many opponents by double-digit margins and winning the Cowapa League with a 15-0 record. But they came up against one of their toughest opponents Saturday as the Grants Pss team traded them blow for blow in the early stages.
The first inning was tentative with a couple of errors, but Astoria got the outs with Knights stranded on base. The Fishermen opened the scoring with Mark Gallegos hitting to score Jacob Davis. Davis played a key role in the middle of the game, demonstrating his speed between bases.
In the bottom of the fifth, Astoria got into its groove. Tied at 1-1, the Fishermen scored three runs, using power hitting and speedy base running to take advantage of three Knights errors.
For the Knights, it was a long bus journey back to Grants Pass knowing they had played their part in a little bit of history.
The afternoon had started with a tingling rendition of the National Anthem by Alexis Mather, Miss North Coast Outstanding Teen, that had the stadium cheering wildly.
After a start like that, there was no way Astoria was going to lose.
They were cheering wildly at 3:11 p.m. Saturday too as the final out signalled a dogpile at the pitcher's mound.